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Kids Music Listings this Weekend: May 4,5,6

May 3, 2012

Charles, our Music Listings Editor, pulled all these great music listings together and cautioned that there is so much cool stuff happening that it will be very hard to choose which ones to attend.  He suggests the Muslim Lands Festival at the Children’s Museum and the Louis Armstrong House weekend.  On Sunday, he recommends heading across to New Jersey to the Hoboken Arts Festival. Plus, he has tons more picks for you to peruse below…..

Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday May 4th

8:00 pm: Taikoza Live!

Japanese taiko drummers, also known as taikoza, are gearing up to hit the Big Apple with two nights of high-energy drum performances. In addition to ancestral taiko drums, the group will be toting bamboo flutes in a performance that is bound to be a jamming good time. Also Saturday.
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W 60th St (between Amsterdam and West End Aves)
For more info, go here.

Saturday May 5th


11:00 am: Go Green! Greenpoint Earth Day Festival
Featuring educational green displays, art exhibits and handmade wares, Town Square invites families to be a friend to the Earth in Williamsburg’s McCarren Park on this very special Earth Day event. While parents peruse work by eco-friendly artists and crafters and chat green awareness with local educators, kids can participate in fun activities and contests, listen to music and more.
McCarren Park, Bayard St to Nassau Ave (between Leonard and North 12 Sts)
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Garden Party at the Louis Armstrong House Museum
The only preserved house of a jazz legend in the world is throwing a family-friendly garden party to celebrate the life and work of its erstwhile resident, Louis Armstrong. Free, docent-led tours of the house—all accompanied by rare recordings of the master—will be offered all weekend, as will live jazz performances, swing dancing, and samplings of Satchmo’s favorite red beans–and-rice recipe.  Also on Sunday
Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St (between 34th and 37th Aves)
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Hot Peas ‘N Butter
Local favorite Hot Peas ’N Butter takes the stage for a fun, interactive and multicultural performance. Expect to hear songs in a variety of languages (including English) and genres, from Puerto Rican folk to American blues.
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153rd St (at Jamaica Ave)|
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Arts from Muslim Lands Festival
This second annual festival is aimed at exposing children to the diversity and beauty of Muslim cultures through art. There’s paper mosaic tiles, Arabic calligraphy, and mosaics.  The part that particularly interests me are the interactive performance of songs from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen with Gaida and Tareq (Sat 2, 3pm; all ages), and learning an Indonesian form of dance called Saman (“dance of the thousand hands”) (Sun 3, 4pm). Programs for kids ages 5 and older require same-day registration.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W 83rd St (between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway)
For more info, go here.

Sunday May 6th


10:00 am: Tunes in Times Square
There’s nothing like seeing a Broadway show in the heart of Times Square. Cast members from Avenue Q, Godspell, War Horse, Seussical, Mary Poppins and others will be in midtown for a free day of Broadway tunes.
Times Square, Duffy Square, Seventh Ave (between 46th and 47th Sts)
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Hoboken Arts and Music Festival
Three stages of live music and over 300 artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors and local businesses make up this annual celebration. Head over to 3rd St for a special kid’s area filled with rides, games, face painting, sand art and entertainment.
Washington St (between Observer Hwy and 7th St) Hoboken, NJ
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Riverdale Festival of the Arts
Celebrate all things artistic during this day-long festival. This free event hosts musical talents like bassist Phil Palombi, the Riverdale Choral Society and folk rock band Seeing Voices. Enjoy the music while taking in various theatres and visual art exhibits.
Johnson Ave (between 235 and 236 Sts) Bronx, NY
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: A Co-Creative Music Performance by Jon Samson
Sing, move, dance, stretch or just listen to Jon’s original family music.  Jon is a music therapist, performer and award winning producer of his original “Kids Albums.”
Karma Kids Yoga 104 West 14th Street, New York NY
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Astrograss For Kids
Astrograss concerts feature sing-a-longs, dance contests, and high-energy fiddle hoedowns.
92YTribeca 200 Hudson Street, New York NY
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Baby Loves Disco
Boogie alongside diaper-clad munchkins at the popular dance party for tykes. A DJ spins family-friendly tracks from the ’70s and ’80s, while you teach your little ones moves from the era
Le Poisson Rouge,158 Bleecker St (at Thompson St)
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Gowanus Music Club
Celebrate the efforts of the kids and adults in the Gowanus Music Club at this Littlefield concert. Each band of youngsters will be allotted 15 minutes to strut their stuff onstage.  Once again Littlefield comes through by providing a great venue for family music!  Thank you!
Littlefield, Sun 1pm. 622 DeGraw St (between Third and Fourth Aves)
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Flushing Town Hall’s 150th Anniversary Celebration
Over the course of this two-day event, families are invited to celebrate the famous Queens institution with tons of fun, multicultural activities. Make Mexican food for Cinco De Mayo, watch a Korean traditional marching band (in honor of Korean Children’s Day), craft a collage celebrating jazz icon Louis Armstrong or participate in raffles while sampling a slice of birthday cake.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd (at Main St)
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Irish Arts Center New York City Irish Dance Festival
The jig is up (and so are the hornpipe, reel and other steps) at this Gaelic dance celebration offering performances by Niall O’Leary and other top hoofers—plus language lessons, dance workshops, face painting and seisiúns (music circles). The event doubles as the kickoff for the season-long Summer on the Hudson Festival.
W 66th St (at the Hudson River) New York, NY
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Jazz for Kids
Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard’s weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music, while your family chows down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm.
Jazz Standard, 116 E 27th St (between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave)
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: The Morgan’s Spring Family Fair
In conjunction with its new “In the Company of Animals” exhibit, the Morgan Library invites families to explore how music inspires images of wildlife in The Composer’s Paintbrush: Painting the Animal Kingdom, a multimedia presentation by conductor-composer Adam Glaser. Tykes can also take part in a costume photo shoot, singing, dancing and mask making workshops.
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave (at 36th St)
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Astoria Pool Music And Performance Festival
Come out to help win a grant to restore the landmarked Astoria Pool Olympic High Dive of the future Astoria Performance Center!  Live Music by Queens rock bands Iskandar and Dr. Jin,  Also, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Facepainting, Storytelling, Arts & Crafts, Inflatable Kids Activities
Astoria Park Pool Enter at 19th Street & 23rd Terrace, Astoria NY
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Japan’s Children’s Day: Kodomo no hi
Enjoy Children’s Day with a theater performance introducing classic Japanese stories featuring Peach Boy (Momotaro) and festival-related song and dance. Children will taste traditional snacks (kashiwa mochi) and create their own samurai helmets (kabuto) and carp streamers (koinobori).
Japan Society 333 East 47th Street, New York NY
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Family Concert: Timbalooloo With Oran Etkin
From the music of Africa to klezmer and jazz, Oran Etkin’s performances blend global melodies and rhythms. Enjoy tunes from his album, Wake Up, Clarinet! and songs that explore connections between Africa and Israel linked to the Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel exhibition.
The Jewish Museum 1109 5th Ave., New York NY
For more info, go here.

4:00 pm: Classical Interludes: Claremont Trio
Emily Bruskin (violin), Julia Bruskin (violoncello) and Andrea Lam (piano) perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.
Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plz
For more info, go here.

7:30 pm: 17th Annual Essentially Ellington Festival
Check out a selection of high-school jazz bands from around the country hoping to be chosen as one of the top three bands to appear before Wynton Marsalis, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Jazz at Lincoln Center, 33 West 60 Street, Floor 11 (Between Columbus Ave and Broadway)
For more info, go here.

(Many thanks to TONY KidsProspect Heights Patch, NY Metro Parents, and Mommy Poppins for listing info!)